Detox Friendly, Vegan, Gluten-free, and Sugar Free Macaroons

I mentioned sweets are my thing right?  I really can’t resist.  Every once in a while I cut all sweets out, except natural things like fruit, and a bit of raw local honey in my tea.  I of course allow myself the occasional indulgence, but I’ve realized that it’s not the occasional treat on the weekend that does any damage, it’s the sweet snacks every day or the not-so-good habits I fall into.  Eventually after cutting out all sweets I let my guard down and slowly allow sweet habits to start again.  These cookies however, are a nice sweet treat that has an amazing ingredients list.  I find if I can keep my blood sugar in control, I can resist anything and these cookies are perfect for that.  While the original recipe on Oh She Glows and Healthy Hoggin’ looked amazingly good too, I don’t like adding that much sweetener to anything pretending to be healthy – even if it is as good for you as maple syrup is.

That’s why I love this recipe.  No added sweeteners(unless you dip them in chocolate, like me.  I couldn’t help myself with the last few cookies that were left and I definitely recommend it).  No flour.  No added fat.  No nuts, no gluten(if you make sure all your ingredients are gluten-free), and no guilt.  All natural and totally delicious.  The texture almost reminded me of shortbread.  Almost buttery and not too sweet and almost sandy because of the coconut.  I’m not sure what it was, but these are fantastic.  I’m sure the original recipe is even better, but for now I’ll stick to these ones… and just dip them in chocolate as an indulgence 😀

Coconut Banana Macaroons

Recipe from Peanut Butter and Ginger

  • 1 C unsweetened coconut
  • 3 large dates
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C rolled oats(certified gluten-free if that’s an issue)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Blend just the coconut in your food processor till it becomes butter.  Add the remaining ingredients except the oats and blend well then add in the oats and pulse just till combined.  Scoop by half tablespoon full onto a lightly greased sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes just till the bottoms are golden(this took me a few more minutes and they turned out just fine).  Cool completely before dipping in chocolate if desired.

For the chocolate(keep in mind some chocolates aren’t vegan if you’re baking for someone who is), I would use about a half a cup of chocolate chips and about 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil and see how far that goes.  I dipped mine in chocolate when there were only a few left so I’m not 100% sure of how much it will take.  I melted the chocolate and oil in the microwave, being careful not to burn(heat for 10-20 seconds, stir, and repeat till smooth) and then dipped each cookie individually and placed on a wax paper(or silicone baking mat)lined baking sheet.  When they were all dipped I put them in the fridge for 10 minutes just till the chocolate set.  The chocolate will melt very easily due to the coconut oil which tastes great but can make a mess, so be careful and store them in a cool place.

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21 Responses to Detox Friendly, Vegan, Gluten-free, and Sugar Free Macaroons

  1. Lauren says:

    I’m so glad you liked them, Heidi!! =) Dipping them in melted chocolate is genius! I wish I had one to munch on right now..

  2. Lauren Hayes says:

    These look so yummy! I love how simple the recipe is too 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing — the simple recipes with ingredients I love are always winners in my book 🙂

  4. These look amazing! Love the ingredient list. I’m totally making these this weekend. Thanks!

  5. These sound delicious! I love that they don’t have added sugar. I bet they’d taste great subbing almond butter for the coconut (although then they wouldn’t be marcaroons).

  6. Heidi, these look so delicious! I would never know they’re gluten and sugar free, and vegan, too! Wowza, what a treat. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. SpicieFoodie says:

    I wouldn’t be able to resist these yummy bites. Also agree with you about over sweetness, I use so little when I bake. Going to bookmark your recipe to try sometime, thanks. Have a great weekend.

  8. These look amazing!! I am the same as you, though…I hate when otherwise healthy recipes contain a ton of sugar! I think sugar is the first thing I try to minimize as much as possible. Even though I like sweets in the traditional sense of the word, my tastebuds are definitely very sensitive to extreme sweetness and even halving sugar in most recipes can be too much! I’d rather have something not sweet and just spread some jam on it, much like you did with the chocolate for these macaroons :]

  9. Tiffany says:

    A batch just came out of my oven; the cookies not only smell wonderful but taste just as good. 🙂 I’m sure they’re even better when dipped in chocolate (the step I omitted, but only because I’m currently avoiding refined sugars). Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  10. Oh these look so delicious. Thanks for sharing both your recipes at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday. I’m gluten free – so this recipe is definitely a keeper for me! 🙂

  11. Mandiee says:

    I need to make these NOW. I have been looking for a gluten-free sugar-free vegan macaroon recipe for ages. Thank you for coming up with such a wholesome treat!

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